Hello this is my first post in this forum, or any pool forum really. Our company has a patented design which dissolves gases into liquids such as oxygen in water or co2 in water. We work in the aquaculture and agriculture industries but we are now testing our systems in pools in the Phoenix area. (April 2013). Our company is Gaia Water (Gaia is oldest term for Mother Nature) : )
We are looking to finance studies with the University of Arizona but in the mean time I am immersing myself in the current technology. The oxygenated water is a big hit with agriculture and aquaculture as it prevents algae. We are now oxygenating at 25-30ppm DO maintained. It seems that if water is above 22ppm it stays crystal clear even with bio such as leaves and twigs falling into the water. Typically tap water is 6-7ppm summertime in Phoenix so the levels we are working with are 5x more dissolved oxygen. What is nice is that if you turn our system off, the pool will stay highly oxygenated for days. We use oxygen concentrators from the medical industry, typically costing about $400 used. This way the oxygen is nearly free. Cost to oxygenate: as little as one tenth of one cent per gallon, including oxygen, unit lease and hydro. System produces
The same unit can be hooked up to a bottle of co2 and works as a great ph balancer. Because our systems are extremely good at dissolving gases, we can maintain up to 2500ppm dissolved co2 in water. Tap water is 7ppm. Ph goes from 7.5 down to 4. 600 gallons water per hour cost .001/gal.
You can also hook up both oxygen and co2 to the same system and dissolve both gases at the same time. Phoenix water is super high ph, so carbonated water is really needed to lower ph.
However I worry that adding too much co2 will help algae grow so I am thinking of running oxygenated water by day, and co2 water by night, the opposite of what algae needs to survive in photosynthesis. This should keep algae away and balance ph.
I would really enjoy chatting with anyone who has experience with naturally oxidizing water. We believe the oxygenated water is much better than ozonating water because ozone has a shelf life of one hour, Gaia water has a shelf life of days.
I did not put our website address in this note because I am not sure if it would be innappropriate.
Looking forward to chatting with you!